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Episode 2 of 2

Duration: 1 hour

This episode is set 35,000 years ago and depicts Homo sapiens's encounter with Homo neanderthalensis. As the ice caps retreated, the Neanderthal stronghold in Europe weakened, providing a window of opportunity to which modern humans owe their existence.

  • BBC Nature: Neanderthal

    BBC Nature: Neanderthal

    As almost exclusively carnivorous, both male and female Neanderthals hunted. Evidence of a huge number of injuries, like those seen in today's rodeo riders, suggest that hunting involved dangerously close contact with large prey animals.

    Find out about the Neanderthals who lived in Britain


Geraldine James
Ray Fearon
Gary Carr
Jimmy Akingbola
Colin Swash
Executive Producer
Ailsa Orr
Executive Producer
Michael Mosley
David Stewart


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